Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jeff Ipsen Memorial Fund Charities

"The Summer Music Academy at the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music, is an exciting opportunity for high school and middle school band, orchestra, and jazz musicians, as well as high school singers and pianists from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session"
Jeff graduated from the University of Colorado in 2008 with his conjoint Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering. Music was also a huge part of Jeff’s life, that is why we wish to help give back some of the gifts that Jeff gave us, by sponsoring an underprivileged youth and sending him/her to the Summer Music Academy at the University of Colorado.

"Lutheran Valley Retreat is a year round retreat and summer camp facility tucked away in the Pike National Forest. We are located 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs and 2.5 from Denver. When at LVR, you will be at a place where focus is on God and building your relationship with Jesus Christ without interruption."
Jeff’s Christian faith was a central role in how he lived his life. When we were children, we would often go to summer camp at Lutheran Valley Retreat. As a family, we aspire to help make this excellent summer camp a reality for an underprivileged youth whom of which might not have the opportunity to do so without our scholar ship fund generated from the, “Jeff Ipsen Memorial Fund.”

"SCRG is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization incorporated under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.  We operate under the statutory authority of the Summit County Sheriff's Office, and our mission is to fulfill the Sheriff's responsibility to provide backcountry search and rescue services to the county."

The Summit County Search and Rescue group were the first responders to our distress call on March 30, 2012. They were an excellent group of volunteers that helped us all get off the mountain on the dreadful night. The professionalism and support they continue to show to us is miraculous. Sponsoring them through the, “Jeff Ipsen Memorial Fund” will be something we will do as long as the fund exists.  

"Friends of Berthoud Pass (FOBP) is a grassroots collecitve of backcountry enthusiasts commiteted to preserving teh legacy of public recreation at Berthoud Pass through safety, access and education. Founded in 2003 by ski patrollers and backcountry riders, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization managed by a volunteer executive board and supported by a diverse and active member base. Our funding come from generous donations by our members and our local retail partners. Membership is by a suggested donation of at least &25 per year. Lifetime membership is granted to individuals who donate more than $500."

In Jeff’s memory, we would like to show our support by donating a portion of the, “Jeff Ipsen Memorial Fund” to Friends of Berthoud Pass because their mission promotes and protect those whom wish to venture into the backcountry. Though their mission, we hope to save lives while still enjoying the gifts of backcountry skiing.

"The CAIC is a cash-funded program of the Colorado Geological Survey under the directorship of the State of Geologist Vince Matthews. Funding come from donations, contributions, and the Severance Tax fund. If you would like to help support the CAIC, please visit our Supporter of the CAIC page. The CAIC has 4 offices that issue backcountry avalanche forecasts. The main office is in Boulder, Colorado located with the National Weather Service. Field officers are located in Breckenridge, Aspen, and the Northern San Juan. Staff at the CAIC-Boulder forecast the weather and avalanche conditions for all zones. Field office forecasters concentrate on the snowpack and avalanche conditions within their zone. The CAIC works closely with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center."

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center provides vital information regarding snow and weather conditions. The information provided by them can be used by a knowledgeable backcountry skier to better predict avalanche conditions and prevent serious injuries or fatalities. We hope that in sponsoring this organization, we will prevent accidents like Jeff’s from happening in the future.

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